The first thing we are going to do is know the etymological origin of the term rub. In this case, we can state that it derives from French, specifically from the verb “frotter” which, in turn, emanates from Latin. Specifically, it comes from the vulgar Latin “frictare”, which is the frequentative of the verb “fricare”, which is synonymous with “scrubbing”.
The verb refers to making something pass repeatedly on another element or surface, applying more or less force.
For example: “To make this preparation, we must rub the ripe tomato on a slice of bread and then add olive oil, salt and pepper”, “When applying sunscreen, you should not rub too much to allow the skin to absorb the cream”, “After scrubbing with a brush for several minutes, I finally managed to remove the sauce stain from the tablecloth”.
Among the synonyms of rubbing are words such as scrubbing, scrubbing, rubbing, rubbing, sanding, grinding or ludir, among others.
The action rubbing is often done frequently in everyday life. If a person is cold, to cite one case, they are likely to decide rub your hands to warm up: In this way, rub one hand with the other to generate heat. To look through a foggy window, on the other hand, you have to rub the glass, either by hand or with a cloth, and thus remove moisture. When someone’s eyes sting, you can rub the eyelids with your fingers to try to find relief.
In addition to all the above, we cannot ignore that one of the best-known advertising slogans in Spain in the history of advertising uses precisely the word that concerns us now. We are referring to “The rubbing is going to end”, which came to present back in 1982 the launch of a detergent that responded to the name of WIPP Automáticas.
With this slogan, what the company wanted to convey to its potential customers is that this cleaning product made the clothes that were washed in the washing machine come out perfectly clean, even the ones with the most stains and dirt, and without having to rub them thoroughly. previous form.
In the context of art, is known as frottage to the technique created by Max ernst in the decade of 1920 to create impressions of objects. The method consists of placing a sheet on the object to be printed (a coin, for example). Then you have to rub a pencil on said sheet, in such a way that an impression can be generated that will have, in this case, the texture and shape of the coin.
Within the sexual sphere we have to highlight the existence of a practice that is based on the term at hand. We are referring to the so-called frottage, which consists of two people rubbing each other with their clothes on certain parts of their body and even their sexual organs. It is a way to enjoy sexual contact but without intercourse.